Makita Quiet Series Air Compressor Reviews

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AIRpsi Makita Quiet Series Review

Tired of that loud old compressor that rattles the walls? Makita has recently released a Quiet Series of high quality air compressors that do an excellent job in reducing compressor noise to a minimum.

 The Makita Quiet Series includes three air compressor models. The MAC100Q is the smallest of the group and also the quietest. Emitting only 58dB, it is great for small indoor finish jobs. The larger MAC210Q and MAC320Q models provide more power for larger jobs while still keeping the noise level to a comfortable 60dB.

All three highly rated quiet air compressors feature durable hotdog style steel air tanks and wrap-around steel roll cage design. A convenient power-cord storage wrap is mounted on the end of the roll cage. Large twin air pressure gauges, pressure regulator and quick connect air fitting(s) are conveniently mounted in the front panel.

All models have low amp draw, from 2.8 amps for the 1/2 HP MAC100Q to 8.5 amps for the 1.5 HP MAC320Q. Low amperage requirements enable them to be simply plugged into any standard electrical outlet while reducing the risk of tripped breakers.

Makita Quiet Air Compressors 2021

Item

Specs

Rating

Price

Makita MAC100Q

Makita MAC100Q Price

Quietness

58 dB


CFM @ 90 PSI

0.7 CFM


Tank Size

1 Gallon

Quietest - Only 58dB

Portable, Small & Light

Weight, Only 27.6 Lbs.


Makita MAC210Q

Makita 210Q Price

Quietness

60 dB


CFM @ 90 PSI

2.0 CFM


Tank Size

2 Gallon

Super Quiet - 60 Db

1 HP - 7 Amps

135 PSI Max


Makita MAC320Q

Makita MAC320Q Price

Quietness

60 dB


CFM @ 90 PSI

2.6 CFM


Tank Size

3 Gallon

Super Quiet - 60 dB

Makita Quality

Powerful 2.6 CFM

Makita Quiet Series - MAC100Q - MAC210Q - MAC320Q

Makita MAC100Q Quiet Compressor Review


Makita MAC100Q Current Price

At a whisper quiet 58 dB, the Makita MAC100Q is the quietest air compressor in this roundup review.

If you're looking for a ultra-portable super quiet compressor, then the Makita MAC100Q is a excellent choice. This model is great for inflating tires and other items and powering finish and pin nailers or small airbrushes, However with only 0.7 CFM and a small 1-gallon capacity air tank don't expect this unit to power larger air tools other than nailers with small CFM consumption rates.

The MAC100Q is powered by a thermally protected 1/2 HP 1750 RPM AC induction motor. This model has a very low current draw of only 2.8 amps enabling you to plug it in almost anywhere. 2.8 amps equates to only 336 watts @ 120 volts. meaning you can easily run this compressor on a small generator or even a 400 watt or larger inverter. 

The Makita MAC100Q features a full steel roll cage, and has excellent fit and finish. This is a very well built little compressor. The 1-gallon air tank fills from empty to 135 PSI maximum air pressure in only 90 seconds. A convenient quarter-turn ball valve makes draining condensate from the air tank a breeze.

In addition to being super-quiet, this compressor is also ultralight and portable, weighing just under 28 pounds. The MAC100Q is very easy to carry with its integrated carry handle and is well balanced while lugging it around. 

Covered by Makita 1-Year limited warranty

Makita MAC100Q Instruction Manual

MAC100Q Parts Breakdown

Makita MAC100Q New Tool Flyers (English)

MAC100Q Features

  • 58 dB Super Quiet
  • 0.6CFM @ 90 PSI
  • 1.0 Gallon Tank
  • 0.6 HP
  • 2.8 Amps
  • Oil-Free Pump
  • Dual Pressure Gauges
  • 1750 RPM
  • Length 12 7/8"
  • Width 14 1/2"
  • Height 11 1/8"
  • 27.6 Lbs.

Our MAC100Q Ratings

Quiet

Emitting only 58 dB, the MAC100Q is the quietest of the Makita Quiet Series of air compressors.

Quality

Makita is a well respected name in the power tool industry, and typically builds good quality tools.

Cost

The MAC100Q pricing is competitive for a super quiet small air compressor and usually retails around $160.

AIRpsi.com

Overall Rating :  4.5

The Makita MAC100Q is a well built super light and portable air compressor that is one of the quietest AIRpsi has tested, easily earning an overall rating of 4.5 stars

Pros

  • Light Only 27.6 Lbs.
  • Small & Ultra -Portable 
  • Quietest - 58 dB
  • Excellent Buyer Reviews

Cons

  • Only 0.6 CFM
  • Small 1 Gallon Tank

Makita MAC100Q - UPC 088381-897495 - ASIN B084GY6DXV

 Makita MAC210Q Quiet Compressor Review


Makita MAC210Q Current Price

The Makita MAC210Q Quiet series air compressor is the mid sized unit in Makita's newly introduced line of “Quiet Series” air compressors. With more power and only slightly increased 60 dB sound rating than the smaller MAC100Q the MAC210Q might fit your needs if you require a bit more CFM.

Like all three of the Makita Quiet series compressors, this is a heavy duty, well built compressor with a durable full roll cage design. Like its brothers, the MAC210Q is virtually maintenance free with its oil-free pump and direct drive induction motor.

A powerful 1 HP motor provides 2 CFM of air flow at 90 PSI. This is sufficient to run most air nailers and small (low CFM) pneumatic air tools. The 2-Gallon air tank fills from empty to 135 MAX PSI in only 65 seconds. A low current draw of only 7 amps lets you plug the MAC2100Q in virtually anywhere.


Covered by Makita 1-Year limited warranty

Makita MAC210Q Instruction Manual

MAC210Q Parts Breakdown

Makita MAC210Q New Tool Flyers (English)

Makita MAC210Q Features

  • 60 dB Quiet
  • 2 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • 2.0 Gallon Tank
  • 1 HP
  • 7 Amps
  • Oil-Free Pump
  • 135 Max PSI
  • Thermal OL Protection
  • Length 17 3/8"
  • Width 16 7/8"
  • Height 13 5/8"
  • 48.51 Lbs.

Our MAC210Q Ratings

Quiet

At only 60 dB, the Makita MAC210Q is very quiet for a 1 HP air compressor.

Quality

Like most Makita tools, this is a very well built Quiet Series air compressor. 

Cost

Pricing is competitive for a super quiet air compressor, usually retails around $200.

AIRpsi.com

Overall Rating :  4.5

This is a super quiet compressor for its power level. We gave the Makita MAC210Q an overall rating of 4.5 stars.

Pros

  • Only 7 Amps
  • 2.0 CFM
  • Ultra Quiet - 60 dB
  • Excellent Buyer Reviews

Cons

  • About $200
  • A Little Heavy

Makita MAC210Q - UPC 088381-897501 - ASIN-B084GYHQFY

Makita MAC320Q Quiet Compressor Review


Makita MAC320Q Current Price

The MAC320Q is currently the largest offering in the Makita Quiet Series line of low noise air compressors. At only 60 dB, the Makita MAC320Q is one of the quietest 1.5 HP air compressors on the market. This model uses a 3 gallon hotdog style air tank and produces a respectable 2.6 CFM @ 90 PSI air output. With dual quick connect air fittings, this quiet compressor is ideal for indoor use powering multiple air nailing tools.

The 1750 RPM twin cylinder compressor features a low maintenance oil-free design and draws only 8.5 amps. In addition to making the compressor quieter, the lower RPM operation ensures longer compressor and motor life.

The 3-gallon air tank fills quickly from 0 to 135 PSI in only 65 seconds. The Makita MAC320Q is a bit heavy at 52.5 pounds, however it is portable and easily moved around using its well balanced handle grip. All Makita Quiet series compressors include an integrated cord wrap, which is a welcome feature.

Makita MAC320Q Instruction Manual

Makita MAC320Q Parts Breakdown

Makita MAC320Q New Tool Flyers (English)

Makita MAC320Q Features

  • 60 dB Quiet
  • 2.6 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • 3 Gallon Tank
  • 1.5 HP
  • 8.5 Amps
  • Oil-Free Pump
  • 135 Max PSI
  • Dual Piston Design
  • Length 18"
  • Width 19"
  • Height 13 3/4"
  • 52.5 Lbs.

Our MAC320Q Ratings

Quiet

At only 60 dB, the Makita MAC320Q is one of the  quietest air compressors.

Quality

Makita builds high quality air compressors. The MAC320Q is no exception.

Cost

Competitive for a high quality, quiet 1.5 HP unit, usually retails between $250 to $300.

AIRpsi.com

Overall Rating :  4.5

 This is a powerful quiet air compressor. We gave the Makita MAC320Q an overall rating of 4.5 stars.

Pros

  • Powerful - 2.6 CFM
  • High Quality Design 
  • Ultra Quiet - 60 dB
  • Excellent Buyer Reviews

Cons

  • Higher Price
  • Heavier - 52.5 Pounds

Makita MAC320Q - UPC 088381-897518 - ASIN B084LZPF49

Makita Quiet Series Comparison

We will provide a quick comparison table of the 3 compressors in the Makita Quiet Series line. These are all well built oil free compressors announced by Makita in a 2020 press release. 

MAKITA LAUNCHES NEW QUIET SERIES ELECTRIC AIR COMPRESSORS The new line of air compressors provides quiet operation for indoor performance

Here is a short excerpt from the Makita Quiet Series press release:

Quiet Series Electric Air Compressors were designed to reduce the exposure to excessive noise, while delivering professional performance. At 60 dB or less, the Quiet Series Electric Air Compressors provide quiet operation for indoor use.

 

The Quiet Series includes three compressors. The MAC100Q is ideal for one tool on small jobs, while the MAC210Q and MAC320Q are ideal for case and base installation, trim and finish carpentry, and other larger applications or multiple tools."

 - Makita U.S.A., Inc. -

MODEL

MAC100Q

MAC210Q

MAC320Q

HP

0.5

1.0

1.5

Tank Size

1 Gal

2 Gal

3 Gal

CFM @ 40 PSI

1.2 CFM

3 CFM

3.5 CFM

CFM @ 90 PSI

0.7 CFM

2 CFM

2.6 CFM

MAX PSI

135 PSI

135 PSI

135 PSI

NOISE

58 dB

60 dB

60 dB

WEIGHT

27.6 LB

45.2 LB

52.5 LB

LENGTH

12 7/8"

17 3/8"

18"

WIDTH

14 1/2"

16 7/8"

19"

HEIGHT

11 1/2"

13 5/8"

13 3/4"

Why Choose A Quiet Series Air Compressor

Although you'll need to shell out a few extra dollars for the quietest compact air compressor models, most owners agree that the major reduction in noise pollution was well worth the added expense. In addition to being much easier on your ears, these quiet compressors can be operated indoors without disturbing others around you.

Most people don't believe how quiet these compressors are until they actually hear one in operation. Many describe the sound as that of a refrigerator running. It is very easy to carry on a normal conversation or listen to music with a quiet air compressor running.

Please note that decibel measurement uses a logarithmic scale, which simply means that a compressor with a 60-dB rating is twice as loud as one with a 50-dB rating. Not all compressor manufacturers measure decibel output the same. Some measure the dB level at a specific number of feet from the source of the sound, others use standards such as ISO 3744 etc. This means when you are comparing decibel ratings from various brands be sure that they are using the same standards or watch side by side noise level comparisons to get a good idea of which particular compressor is quieter.

About Makita

Makita Corporation was founded in 1915. Back then, Makita sold and repaired electric motors. In 1958 Makita began manufacturing power tools. In 1985 Makita started manufacturing and assembling tools in Buford, Georgia.

Today, Makita is a global manufacturer of industrial power tools, including pneumatic, electric and portable battery powered tools. The Makita name is known worldwide as a manufacturer of high quality tools.

For more information about Makita U.S.A., call (800)4-MAKITA or visit makitatools.com. You can also find Makita on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter @makitatools

The Bottom Line

To briefly sum it up, you won't go wrong choosing any of the Makita quiet series air compressors found in this review. In addition to producing very little noise, these are rugged, Makita quality machines. All are highly rated best-selling models with loads of 4 and 5 star Amazon reviews.

Just make sure you match the CFM output of the quiet compressor that you buy to the pneumatic tool or application, and you and your ears will be happy.

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1 comment
Daniel W Getson says May 19, 2021

WHY!?!? Why does the machine work just fine for 20 minutes. But then suddenly….it’s NOT COMING ON ANYMORE???!!! This is brand new out of the box. Plugged it in first time – pumped right up – worked for 20-30 minutes. Then STOPPED WORKING!?!? Had to use the old compressor to finish job. 30 minutes later, before returning the Makita to Home Depot for a refund – plugged it in – started right up???!! WTF???? Worked again for 20-30 minutes – STOPPED the same way – Re-started again 20 minutes later!!!!??? WTHF????? We were only using ONE (1) nail gun to install siding. The tool was NOT overloaded!?!?!!?
IS THIS ONE DEFECTIVE??????

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